Mindfulness means to be mindful that we are not just humans, but that we have a being, which is the quantum ground of our existence. It is to be that we are in full awareness of the inner and the outer world. It is to be non-judgmental about thoughts, but conscious of them. It is to bring the coveted balance between the left and the right sides of the brain. It is to be in charge of our self without handing over the switch of happiness to someone else. It is the practice of lovingly befriending one’s own mind without any suppression or repression of emotions. It is to allow the birthing of a new consciousness that unites and celebrates life.
Take one day at a time and live it totally. The challenge is to live consciously, for our subconscious programming drives us. The world has always worshiped men and women of wisdom, those who lived in the awe of the moment. They have never resisted or fought with life, and never thought of life as a battleground. But they appreciated life as a beautiful garden that God gave as a gift, and we are to rise up to be a good gardener. A good gardener always keeps a vigilant eye on the weeds and also on those things that eat away the positive energy of the soil, so that the best flowers and fruits grow unhindered.
If we watch our mind non-judgmentally, just with awareness, just observing its fleeting nature, this could be a magical step on our part. We can rest assured that if we can give 10 minutes daily to our self, to our mind, to our heart, to our breaths, just observing, doing nothing else, this can start the process of filtration.
Then, as the mind attains clarity, attention is easier, awareness expands, and we are uplifted into a higher realm of our own inner potential of peace and blessedness. This is the gift from us to our self. Only when we sit quietly, trying to find the quiet space inside of us, does that space open up before our own eyes, and we are awed. Lo! Such an abode of peace was right within me, waiting for me to reach!
We practice mindfulness by remaining calm when we are faced with circumstances that normally evoke a stress response. This is easier said than done. When an odd, unexpected situation arises, we are driven by our unconscious and then the conditioned mind takes over—how can we keep calm? We can, we can, provided we resolve that we have always surrendered to the unconscious and the preconditioned mindset and acted in the plane of reactivity and landed up with unhappy consequences.
Since we don’t want to be unhappy, what do we do? We take a firm commitment that we will practice awareness, practice being conscious while doing small chores like bathing, eating, talking, and walking—the same things that we’ve done all through our lives. We do the same things with a sense of being conscious about it. This gradually opens up new vistas of realization in life. We consciously shift our focus from reactive thoughts and emotions to our breaths, and breathe consciously. We then will find that we are able to rise above the agitation and stress and steer through the day more peacefully without creating more negative situations.
When we go through a rough ride in the path of life, it is quite natural to be concerned. The problem arises when we reach a bump in the journey and start to worry! To be concerned is to seek and search for the right solution, but worry blurs our vision, clouds our mind, and dampens our spirit, sending us into pain and agony. The most important daily practice is to create a pause, a space between our self and our thoughts and allow the deeper self to work out solutions! Mindfulness creates the space! Solutions happen! Then we are free!
As we practice mindfulness and are more conscious of our thoughts, we can identify the nature of our thoughts. One good thing we can do for our self is to stop thinking those thoughts, which if true, would make us unhappy! Just as we draft a letter and do changes as we please, so also could we come to a state where we can phrase or rephrase our thoughts as needed, thereby allowing only positive thoughts of light and love. This is simple art of being an effective gardener of our mind.